Armahani Finnish Lapphunds
Hi, I'm Jacqualine L.
Armahani Finnish Lapphunds is based north west of Melbourne, Australia, where our dogs are part of our family, raised in the house and included in our lives. We engage in as many dog activities as we can put our hand (or paw) too, including competing in conformation showing, obedience, rally, agility and herding, and my aim is to breed beautiful, structurally sound Finnish Lapphunds of excellent type who can excel at all of these things while being the perfect family pet. I encourage you to view at my web site at www.armahani.com for more information about my dogs, breeding practices and plans. I do not have plans for more pups in 2021. I also have a quite lengthy waitlist so availability is currently very limited, with some exceptions for homes hoping to train and compete in a dog sport or two, with an extra special active lifestyle to offer, or open to being part of our future breeding program. Only under very special circumstances do I recommend this breed for apartment living.
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Our Breeding Practices
Behaviour and socialisation
When breeding, it is important to me to give each pup the best possible start I can, with environmental enrichment, age appropriate challenges and experiences, and a good start on their socialisation a critical part of how I raise each litter.
I undertake recommended health testing on my breeding dogs, with hip and elbow scoring, eye testing and DNA testing undertaken as a matter of course. Breeding decisions are made with the intent to minimise the risk of any hereditary health problems in pups. A good healthy beginning also goes without saying, and pups receive quality nutrition, appropriate worming, first vaccinations, veterinary checks, and eye specialist checks.
My dogs don't live in a kennel environment, but as part of the family home, and so my numbers at home will always be small. As such, the younger dogs I show, and many of the girls who I breed with, don't actually live with me, but are pups I have bred, whose owners have very kindly allowed me to remain part of their lives in a bigger way, so they can be the next generation of Armahani. This network of amazing families ensure…
Included with our puppies
Pups head to their new homes with a raft of information, documentation and support, but more importantly full breeder support and advice for their life time. All pups are registered with the Australian National Kennel Council with a certified pedigree certificate, and microchipped, wormed, vaccinated (first vaccination only), health checked and with 6 weeks health insurance. Pups are sold under contract which outlines your…
Armahani Finnish Lapphunds conducts 2 out of 2 core health tests which RightPaw believe are most important to conduct for the Finnish Lapphund.
An eye certificate means the breeder has had their breeding dogs examined by a veterinary…
These breeders have had x-rays taken on their breeding dogs to assess their ‘hip score’. Dogs with…
Armahani Finnish Lapphunds conducts 4 additional tests available for the Finnish Lapphund.
This is a disease affecting the spinal cord of older dogs, initially causing wobbliness and eventually hindlimb paralysis. It can affect a wide range of breeds. There is now a DNA test that can indicated if a breeding dog is carrying this disease.
These breeders have had x-rays taken on their breeding dogs to assess the quality of their elbow joints. Dogs with very low ‘elbow scores’ are less likely to develop elbow problems in the future and less likely to pass hereditary elbow problems on to their puppies.
GSD II, or Pompe Disease, is a rare glycogen storage disease that can affect Finnish Lapphunds. It can cause poor growth, muscle weakness, vomiting and heart problems. There is a DNA test available to identify if a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in dogs is a type of genetic eye disease causing deterioration of the retina and eventually, blindness. There are a variety of sub-types of PRA, which can occur in various breeds. There are various DNA tests available to identify whether a breeding dog is carrying this condition.
About the Breeder
A little about us
I have been involved with Finnish Lapphunds now for over 17 years, and bred my first litter in 2007. I am a member of a number of Lapphund Clubs around the world, and was the founding and ongoing President of the Finnish Lapphund of Victoria for its first 10 years before taking my "long service leave" break in 2019. I have taken a small step back in committee duties in 2020 as the club's Working Dog Coordinator. I am active in the show ring, but also train and compete with my Finnish Lapphunds in several dog sports, including obedience and agility amongst others. Over my years in the breed I have imported three Finnish Lapphunds, and shared in the import of another. I have also imported frozen semen from a number of males for contribution to our future breeding program. I have also taken several trips to Finland to learn more about the breed in their country of origin.
Why we got involved in breeding
Dogs have always played a part in my family’s life – from the elderly Sheltie of my toddler years, to the range of “mixed-heritage” dogs who wandered through my childhood, to the beloved GSDX of my early 20s. It was our Keeshond, Schatje, who turned a love into a dog-obsession, coming into our lives with a whirlwind, filling our home with laughter, and turning everything upside down. He also started me on the road to dog training and dog sports … because as a youngster boy oh boy if he didn't have a good dose of learning every day he found his own tricks to learn. But it was my fateful introduction to the Finnish Lapphund that set me on my current path. I stumbled on the breed in a dog-book in early 2003. I had noticed them before, but the words “very rare outside their home country of Finland” had left me with the assumption that there was no chance of finding any in Australia. It was almost by sheer accident I stumbled on one of the first litters just born in Australia, and was lucky enough that there was still space for one more potential home. As a new breed in the country, and given my experience in dog sports, I was encouraged to give showing ago. And so our first Finnish Lapphund, Kulta (Ch Theldaroy Best Treasure CCD RN HT) also became my first show dog. It was a natural progression to start thinking about breeding one day, and with limited lines available in the country I started investigating the option of importing. Our foundation became the truly spectacular Emmi (Grand Ch Lumiturpa Emmi (Imp Fin) CCD RE JD HT) a girl like no other. The rest is history.
Our special touch
Armahani means “my precious beloved” in Finnish, and in keeping with true treasure, will always remain small and selective. I do not breed frequently, and when I do it is with a focus on ensuring the pups that leave here have the physical and mental capability to do the job they were bred to do, capable of working, but also with the temperament to be your best friend, companion, and partner in any number of possible pass times. That requires equal consideration to their genetics and how they are raised.
Dogs Victoria (ANKC)
- Finnish Lapphund Club of Victoria
- Finnish Lapphund Club of NSW Inc